Rejoicing in the spirit of the season

Gather together for Vaughan’s annual Christmas tree lighting

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree!

Ever wondered about the origins of the Christmas tree?

The tradition was traced back all the way to Germany in the 16th century where decorated trees were brought into homes during Christmas time. These trees were often adorned with nuts, dried fruits and lit candles.

The German tradition spread and became popular in 1848 when Queen Victoria encouraged her German husband, Prince Albert, to continue his cultural tradition. The decorated tree embellished with ornaments, candles and an angel at the very top was illustrated and featured in the London news.

Families around England and North America quickly picked up the tradition and the Christmas tree became widespread. Soon after, Thomas Edison introduced the first tree lights – a safe alternative to candles.

Today, trees across the world are lit up to celebrate Christmas.

The City of Vaughan will be continuing this holiday tradition on Dec. 3 by lighting up 12,000 lights on a 25-foot-tall tree at Vaughan City Hall. Join Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Members of Council to bring the Christmas tree to life.

We will be celebrating with festive music, hot chocolate and holiday goodies generously donated by the Lago Gourmet Express and Sweet Boutique. Santa will be here to bring holiday cheer and to take photos with you and your loved ones.

Don’t forget to bring a new and unwrapped toy for children in need in support of the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish. The program benefits 300,000 people through toy and financial support. This year, the City aims to collect more than 10,000 toys for children aged newborn to 18 years of age.

‘Tis the season to share the joy and holiday spirit with everyone.

*History of the Christmas tree is sourced from

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